Once bitter foes, MCA and Pas now chums in fight against Pakatan Harapan

Hidir Reduan, Rizanizam Abdul Hamid

BALAKONG: Pas’ willingness to campaign for MCA in the Balakong by-election is proof that differing political ideologies will not prevent the opposition parties from cooperating.

MCA vice-president Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun said the two parties are putting aside their differences to strengthen the opposition for check and balance in the Pakatan state government.

“We welcome any party and individual who are with us to support and aid us. I emphasise that together, we can create a better check and balance in the (Selangor) state assembly.

“The role of a politician is to ensure the welfare and development of the nation.

“MCA believes in universal noble values. We can cooperate with any party despite differences in opinion (over issues),” she said.

She was speaking during a press conference at MCA’s by-election operations room here today.

She was responding to online news portal The Malaysian Insight’s report in which Pas secretary-general Datuk Takiyuddin urged Balakong voters to vote for MCA’s candidate Tan Chee Teong this Saturday.

In a speech during MCA’s campaign trail, Takiyuddin said MCA would make a good and effective opposition party.

Today, Chew said that MCA’s campaigning was effective as Balakong voters saw Tan constantly going down to the ground and meet the people.

“The voters have seen how dedicated he (Tan) is to not only win (the by-election) but also sacrifice for the people.

“It is certainly different compared to the previous (14th General) Election,” she said.

She added that MCA election machinery has covered about 95 per cent of the constituency here and will complete the remainder soon.

MCA has long been opposed to Pas’ ideological struggle to implement Syariah criminal law, known as hudud, in the country.

However, both sides now appear to have buried the hatchet in their fight against their common enemy, the ruling Pakatan Harapan coalition. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd